Music is supposed to make you move or move something within you, channeling your emotions and helping you speak when you can’t find the right words. From dance-hall infused songs to deeply impactful & strong ballads,
the nominees for this years award all represent exactly what music is supposed to do.
Let’s take a closer look at the 60th GRAMMY Awards nominees in the Best Pop Solo Performance category.
P!nk – What About Us?
There is no denying the talent of Alecia Moore. With her look, one-of-a-kind voice and not to mention, her gravity-defying aerial skills that I am personally super envious of, P!nk has a raw authenticity that is simply untouchable. “What About Us?” is an anthem for EVERYTHING that is going on in the world right now. “We are problems that want to be solved. We are children that need to be loved”. As human beings, we are living in a very strange time where negativity is trying it’s damnedest to overshadow positivity. Through this high-energy, emotional ballad, P!nk is reminding us, that we are ALL important and deserving of love.
Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
Geez, this woman can sing. Kelly Clarkson is always a crowd pleaser, as so many of us have literally watched her career grow before our eyes. I still remember cheering with the rest of America when she was crowned the first winner of American Idol. The voice that’s packed inside that tiny, 5’3 frame is so powerfully big and could easily not be in our lives if it wasn’t for the luck of being discovered. “Love So Soft” is a rhythmic dance track that features members of Earth, Wind & Fire as session musicians, creating a funky, soulful vibe that showcases all of those incredible notes that Kelly can hit so effortlessly.
She’s up against some pretty steep competition this year so while she may not take home an award, she should certainly be proud of accomplishing such a fun song!
(Question: Is that house she’s singing in for REAL? Fun fact: We have the same birthday!)
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
I’ve been a fan of Lady Gaga since “Poker Face” and still blare “Bad Romance” like it’s 2009. I love how she reinvents herself and her sound which each new album she creates. This direction she’s taken, however, may be my favorite yet. The introspective look into who Stefani Germanotta is as an artist is simply raw and beautiful. “Million Reasons” is a pop song with country influences and technically, is the most simple of the nominations. But that doesn’t make it any less powerful. Most of us know the feeling of a love that you will do anything for and a heartbreak that questions your faith in ways that are indescribable.
Lady Gaga gifts us with this incredibly emotional song that I believe will win this years award.
(P.S. If you haven’t listened to the album ‘Joanne’ in full, I highly recommend doing so after reading this review. )
Ke$ha – Praying
This gorgeous comeback ballad showcases Kesha’s vocal range and represents her as a person. It also features her nearly screaming at the top of her register. To be honest, I was not a fan the first time I heard it and turned it off halfway through. A friend of mine convinced me to give it another try. She reminded me of the hellish sexual abuse experience the singer went through (and something so many of us have faced in our lifetimes).
Kesha channeled so much into this song, creating an important, powerful and truly inspirational song that resonates with so many people. It’s a song about overcoming the lowest point in your life and finally becoming at peace with whatever (or whoever) brought you to that point. It is often said that in our darkest moments, we gain the most strength. “Praying” is a true celebration of a that extremely hard lesson. But just remember: You are not broken. You are a survivor.
This song is a super close second for me but I could absolutely see it winning.
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
The only male nominee and absolutely deserved, “Shape of You” is a sweet, catchy and inescapable song. Not to mention sexy! This became the most streamed song on Spotify in 2017, with over 1.32 billion streams. With it’s tropical house beat and strummy acoustics, it’s hard not to move to this tune, which is a bit different from most of Sheeran’s music. But different is good right? It’s gets you Grammy nominations!
As popular as this song is, I don’t think it will beat out Ke$ha or Lady Gaga but the Grammys are always full of surprises!
Which song gets your vote? Tell us in the comments below!